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Leona Lewis

Nine Lives: “Cats” Returning To Broadway Starring “X Factor” Winner

Posted June 3, 2016 by jmurray

Andrew Lloyd Webber’s famed musical “Cats” is returning to the Great White Way in July and pop superstar Leona Lewis has been tapped to play the lead role. Lewis will star as the withered and worn lonely cat Grizabella in the Broadway revival, which will start in previews at New York City’s Neil Simon Theater […]

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Deborah Cox

Deborah Cox: Makes Her Debut As Josephine Baker

Posted May 13, 2016 by jmurray

Deborah Cox has started her run as the legendary Josephine Baker in the new musical “Josephine,” which opened at the Asolo Repertory Theatre in Sarasota, Flor. on May 6 and will play through May 29. The long-in-the-works show about Baker explores the life of the twentieth-century’s first international black female sex symbol and how a […]

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BeBe Winans, Oprah Winfrey & Charles Randolph Wright

BeBe Winans: Celebrity Friends Come See Musical About His Life

Posted April 20, 2016 by jmurray

BeBe Winans has premiered his debut musical, “Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story” at Alliance Theatre in Atlanta. The production, which BeBe is producing alongside “Motown The Musical” director Charles Randolph-Wright, is a “hilarious and heart-warming journey toward self-discovery.” The musical is a bio piece, showcasing the rise of siblings BeBe & CeCe Winans […]

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The Color Purple Broadway

Born Again: “The Color Purple” On Broadway Is Nostalgically New

Posted April 19, 2016 by jmurray

“The Color Purple” is back on Broadway and this revival is a refashioned, minimalized interpretation of its predecessor. Starring British import Cynthia Erivo (Celie), Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson (Shug Avery), “Orange is the New Black” star Danielle Brooks (Sofia), Isaiah Johnson (Mister), Kyle Scatliffe (Harpo) and Joaquina Kalukango (Nettie); the John Doyle-directed reimagined musical comes to Broadway after making […]

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Motown the Musical

Back For More: “Motown The Musical” Returning To Broadway

Posted April 13, 2016 by jmurray

If you missed “Motown The Musical” during its first run on Broadway at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre for nearly two years from March 2013 until January 2015, you can catch the popular show again in New York City starting in July. The musical is making its triumphant return to The Great White Way after a year […]

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Heather Headley & Jennifer Hudson

Big Return: Heather Headley Replacing Jennifer Hudson In “The Color Purple”

Posted April 8, 2016 by jmurray

Tony Award winner Heather Headley will take over the role of Shug Avery in the Broadway revival of “The Color Purple” when Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson departs the musical on May 8. In her big return to the Great White Way on May 10, Headley has signed on to “Push Da Button” as the sultry […]

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Austen Jaye & Harry Belafonte

Being Belafonte: Actor Austin Jaye Brings Hollywood Legend’s Story To Stage

Posted March 24, 2016 by jmurray

Almost two years ago, actor Austen Jaye was scrolling through his Twitter timeline and his friend, writer and digital content creator Issa Rae, posted an article that posed the question: “Will Hollywood Allow Blacks To Make Love On The Big Screen?” The story featured a photo of Hollywood greats Harry Belafonte and the late Dorothy […]

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Born Again: Michael Jackson ONE Births New Life Into The King Of Pop

Posted February 29, 2016 by jmurray

Michael Jackson is alive and well and the he’s still dancing in Las Vegas. Don’t believe me? Just see “Michael Jackson ONE” by Cirque du Soleil at the Mandalay Bay Resort and you’ll be convinced! This magical production by the Canadian circus arts company combines the music of Jackson with the unmatched artistry Cirque is known […]

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Tina Turner

Wildest Dreams: Tina Turner’s Life Story Becoming A Musical

Posted February 19, 2016 by jmurray

Iconic rock and soul superstar Tina Turner has signed off on her life story being turned into a theatrical production. The 76-year-old Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductee has partnered with Dutch producer/businessman Joop van den Ende for “Tina: The Musical,” which they plan to either mount on Broadway in New York City or […]

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Cynthia Erivo,  Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks with cast attend the company listening party for the New Broadway Cast Recording of 'The Color Purple' at the W Hotel Times Square on February 11, 2016 in New York City.

Party Pictures: “The Color Purple” Cast Celebrates New Soundtrack Release

Posted February 15, 2016 by jmurray

The cast of the critically acclaimed Broadway revival “The Color Purple” came together to celebrate the release of their anticipated cast soundtrack at a private listening party at The W Hotel Times Square in New York City. While eating on hors d’oeuvres, sipping on libations and partying to a mix of contemporary songs and soundtrack […]

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